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LATIN AMERICA: South-South Cooperation to Fight Child Malnutrition

IPS Latin America - Thu, 2008-05-08 05:27
SANTIAGO, May 7 (IPS) - Cooperation between Latin American countries, which is cheap, efficient and horizontal, could fast-track the fight against child malnutrition, Nils Kastberg, the regional director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), said at a conference held in the Chilean capital.
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MEXICO: Pemex Oozes Corruption

IPS Latin America - Thu, 2008-05-08 05:27
MEXICO CITY, May 7 (IPS) - Funds belonging to the Mexican state oil monopoly, Pemex, have paid in recent years for liposuction treatment for the wife of the company’s chief executive, a presidential candidate’s campaign, contracts with firms facing legal action, and the whims of trade union leaders who are not required to account for their expenses.
Categories: Latin America News

DEATH PENALTY: Another Mexican on His Way to the Scaffold in US

IPS Latin America - Wed, 2008-05-07 04:46
MEXICO CITY, May 6 (IPS) - The Mexican government’s aggressive strategy to prevent the execution of Mexican citizens in the United States has so far failed to bear fruit, despite a landmark international court ruling.
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HONDURAS: Prosecutors on Hunger Strike against Corruption

IPS Latin America - Wed, 2008-05-07 04:46
TEGUCIGALPA, May 6 (IPS) - Prosecutors in Honduras are on hunger strike to demand the dismissal of the attorney general and his deputy, for failure to investigate cases of corruption. Tension mounted when the president of Congress warned of possible intentions to break with the "constitutional order."
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SOUTH AMERICA: Leaders Warn of Autonomy Attempts in Venezuela, Ecuador

IPS Latin America - Wed, 2008-05-07 04:46
CARACAS, May 6 (IPS) - Presidents Hugo Chávez of Venezuela and Rafael Correa of Ecuador warned of possible "contagion" in their countries by the autonomy movement in the eastern Bolivian province of Santa Cruz.
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POLITICS-US: Is Immigration Off the Table in Election 2008?

IPS Latin America - Wed, 2008-05-07 04:46
OAKLAND, California, May 6 (IPS) - These days, while you can still pick up a newspaper or turn on a radio or television gabfest and read, hear and see the issue of immigration batted around, it has become less of a hot-button political issue in the United States.
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LATIN AMERICA: 60 Years On, ECLAC Still Has Key Role to Play

IPS Latin America - Wed, 2008-05-07 04:46
SANTIAGO, May 6 (IPS) - Among the tasks facing the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, is to contribute to the design of a development strategy to make the best use of the region’s current bonanza.
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PARAGUAY: Torture Victim Still Fears Colorado Party ‘Mafia’

IPS Latin America - Tue, 2008-05-06 04:12
RIO DE JANEIRO, May 5 (IPS) - The Colorado Party has become a "criminal mafia" during its 61 years in government in Paraguay, and it will continue to be a force to be reckoned with in spite of its defeat in last month’s elections, says Anuncio Martí, a Paraguayan citizen living in exile in Brazil.
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BOLIVIA: Referendum Gives Major Boost to Autonomy Movement

IPS Latin America - Tue, 2008-05-06 04:12
SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia, May 5 (IPS) - The overwhelming vote in favour of autonomy in Bolivia’s richest province has strengthened the challenge to the reforms being ushered in by the government of Evo Morales.
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ECUADOR: New Constitution Addresses Demand for ‘Plurinational’ State

IPS Latin America - Tue, 2008-05-06 04:12
QUITO, May 5 (IPS) - Ecuador’s new constitution, which a constituent assembly expects to finish drafting by mid-June, establishes a united "plurinational" state, recognising equality along with ethnic diversity, as agreed between the government and indigenous organisations.
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BOLIVIA: Violent Pro-Autonomy Election Day in Santa Cruz

IPS Latin America - Mon, 2008-05-05 03:23
SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia, May 4 (IPS) - At least eight people were injured in clashes between backers of the autonomy referendum held Sunday in the eastern Bolivian province of Santa Cruz and supporters of the government of Evo Morales from the country’s western highlands.
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BOLIVIA: Santa Cruz Autonomy Statute Violates Constitution

IPS Latin America - Sat, 2008-05-03 02:34
SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia, May 2 (IPS) - Voters in the Bolivian province of Santa Cruz, which is in the vanguard of an "autonomy" movement involving six of the country’s nine regions, will decide Sunday on a statute that runs counter to the constitution.
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PERU: Government Lashes Out at Human Rights Groups

IPS Latin America - Sat, 2008-05-03 02:34
LIMA, May 2 (IPS) - The Peruvian government, with the backing of the parliamentary bloc that supports former President Alberto Fujimori, has unleashed a campaign against non-governmental organisations that defend human rights, according to activists and lawyers.
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Q&A: A Bishop with His (Sandalled) Feet on the Ground

IPS Latin America - Sat, 2008-05-03 02:34
ASUNCION, May 2 (IPS) - Fernando Lugo has rocketed into Paraguayan history. Not only is he the first Catholic bishop to be elected president, but he has also ended 61 years of rule by the Colorado Party.
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MEXICO: No Place for Small Farmers at the Supermarkets

IPS Latin America - Sat, 2008-05-03 02:34
MEXICO CITY, May 2 (Tierramérica) - A Mexican coffee grower receives about three dollars per kilogram of unprocessed coffee beans, and the consumer here pays 11 dollars. That price difference, in large part, is the result of the growing power of a handful of supermarkets.
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RIGHTS-BOLIVIA: Guaraní Families in Forced Servitude

IPS Latin America - Sat, 2008-05-03 02:34
LA PAZ, May 2 (IPS) - Efforts by Bolivia’s land reform authorities to free 167 Guaraní families living in servitude in Alto Parapetí, a rural area in the eastern Bolivian lowlands province of Santa Cruz, have brought to light a phenomenon that had remained largely hidden and ignored until now in the country’s vast Chaco plains region.
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RELIGION: Ethics - The Best Weapon Against Domestic Violence

IPS Latin America - Thu, 2008-05-01 01:45
BOGOTÁ, Apr 30 (IPS) - Domestic violence, which is widespread in Latin America as in the rest of the world, makes it imperative to recover ethics as the core value for practices and efforts aimed at creating more equitable and just societies.
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LABOUR-CUBA: The Challenge of Boosting Productivity

IPS Latin America - Thu, 2008-05-01 01:45
HAVANA, Apr 30 (IPS) - Workers are facing thorny questions related to productivity, wages, participation in decision-making or unemployment at a time when the government is discreetly adopting measures aimed at finally pulling the country out of an economic crisis that has dragged on for more than 15 years.
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Q&A: How Faith Communities Can Help Fight Violence Against Children

IPS Latin America - Thu, 2008-05-01 01:45
BOGOTÁ, Apr 30 (IPS) - "It’s important to know how families view the power relations that make them protective or destructive of rights," in a world where every year 275 million children witness scenes of domestic violence, said United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) expert Eduardo Gallardo.
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DEATH PENALTY-CUBA: Dissidents, Preachers Welcome Decision

IPS Latin America - Wed, 2008-04-30 01:04
HAVANA, Apr 29 (IPS) - Cuban President Raúl Castro’s announcement that virtually all death sentences would be commuted to terms of 30 years to life was welcomed Tuesday by social sectors calling for the abolition of capital punishment.
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